Not an “Issue”

One of the hardest parts about being a person of faith committed to justice is when basic human dignity is made a political issue. Transgender people are not an “issue,” and their humanity is not up for debate. Transgender people, like all other people, are human beings, created in the image of God, deserving of… Read More

Friday Prayer: I Beg

Oh, God- I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened. In the midst of grief and fear, frustration and pain, despondency and despair, I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.   As I continue to press that Black Lives Matter, that vaginas are not second-class reproductive organs, that LGBTQ people… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: “Trouble I’ve Seen,” Week 8

“The more that white people killed and displaced Native Americans, the more they sought to shackle and bring over black bodies. The presence of the original hosts of the land constituted a threat to white identity and the sense of America as a ‘white country.’” Drew G.I. Hart, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political

Adapted from the remarks I gave at the first-ever LGBTQ Pride event in Rochester, NH When I was in high school, friends wondered at my participation in a faith that they saw as exclusionary. Specifically: how could a queer person participate in a religion that excluded gays? I didn’t understand, then; I was lucky, in my… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: “Are y’all queer?”

My straight sister-in-law shared a meme on Facebook the other day, asking people to name their first gay bar, as a sign of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting. She used to work at Disney as a performer; her first was the Parliament House in Orlando, Florida. A confession: I’ve never… Read More

Friday Five: Love is love is love

Previously when composing a FF in the wake of a disaster or outrage there has been a tendency to try to find something uplifting, or light, or amusing to break the mood. But this week, I am struggling to do this; so many of my friends have been directly affected; some have decided to leave… Read More

Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe (Like Beckham)

In my circles, whenever defeats are dealt, it is common to hear the disappointed person quote Martin Luther King, Jr to say, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” It seems my friends are needing to say that quote more and more often. When discriminatory bills are passed by… Read More